4-year-old Boy Drowns in Pit at Plantation Heights, St James

Jamaica News, St James: The Cambridge Police in the parish of St James have now commenced an intensive investigation surrounding the death of a 4-year-old infant, who died by drowning in a pit in his yard in Sunday afternoon of July 15th.

The dead four-year-old child has been identified as Shawayne Liston Francis of Plantation Heights district also in Cambridge.

Reports by the Cambridge Police are that shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Shawayne was at home in Plantation Heights along with his mother and other family members.

It is further stated that, the child was in the yard playing ball when he fell into an open abandoned pit which was filled with water. An alarm was raised and family members rushed to the outside of the house where Shawayne’s lifeless body was fished from the pit.

He was transported to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Our news team rushed to the community and spoke to Clive Beckford,  stepfather of the dead child.  We learned that the pit was dug in the yard some time ago to be used as an outside latrine.

Beckford stated that, they discovered the pit had no soak-away so it was abandoned.  It has been left unattended for so long that it has been filled with several feet of stagnant water and the grass has grown around the mouth making it almost impossible to see.

Our news team also learned that,  it was only four years ago where the family lost another child.  9-year-old Romaine Robinson who attended the Bickersteth Primary and Junior High School and brother of the 4-year-old child was murdered in the very said community by an older boy.

Beckford stated that the family was finding it very hard to cope with the murder of the older child and now it is totally impossible bear knowing that they have lost another child.

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